Gunners forward says last few games have been ‘difficult’.
Arsenal forward Theo Walcott has admitted he struggled to stay focussed on football during his drawn-out contract wrangle with the club, reports the London Evening Standard.
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The 23-year-old finally committed his future to the Gunners last week, signing a three-and-a-half year deal and ending speculation linking him with a host of Premier League rivals.
The fleet-footed star scored his fifteenth goal of the season in Sunday’s 2-1 defeat at Stamford Bridge but said afterwards he was pleased to end the uncertainty among Arsenal fans.
“I am very pleased,” Walcott said.
“For the last three games before [the Chelsea match] it was sort of done but it was on my mind and had been for a long time because it was so close.
“It is difficult to play and block out that side of it but I tried to do the best I could and hopefully everyone was happy with what I did.
“I always wanted to stay and I am happy that myself and the club have come to an agreement. There has been so much speculation and I am very pleased my future is sorted. But it is all about the present now.”
Arsenal prepare to host West Ham on Wednesday, and Walcott said: “There are a lot of teams that have got stronger this year, so we need to step on the gas. We don’t want to be playing catch-up. We want to get points on the board.
“We have a tough game at home against West Ham, so we need to be ready. It is a massive game, we have home support and we need to start clocking up points there.
“We have been hot and cold at home of late, so we must be very positive and if we show the commitment that we did in the second half [against Chelsea] we should be fine.
“We didn’t really start until the second half,” he said. “It’s a shame that we conceded two sloppy goals and then woke up a bit. We need to show that character to win from the start, not when we concede a goal.”
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